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Success and Challenges of School Oral Health Program, Kuwait


November 03, 2023 - 16:00 - 17:00

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Success and Challenges of School Oral Health Program, Kuwait

School Oral Health Program, Kuwait (SOHP) is a comprehensive school-based/linked program providing oral health education, prevention, and treatment to more than 300,000 children in Kuwait Public schools. SOHP had its modest beginning during 1982-83. Since its inception, this program has gone through many administrative and structural changes. Success of SOHP can be measured in terms of oral health outcomes among children receiving services under this. With effective prevention, SOHP has stabilized the caries-levels in permanent teeth and has reduced the unmet needs. SOHP has also faced many challenges over the years which has threatened its existence from time to time. Role of decision makers has been key to sustainability of SOHP. This program will continue to play a very significant role in not just delivery of oral health in Kuwait but also in controlling the burden of oral diseases.

Oral health is the integral part of the overall health of an individual. Children are vulnerable to oral diseases, especially tooth decay (Dental Caries) since all the teeth erupt during their childhood and the newly erupted teeth are susceptible to tooth decay. Also, the oral health habits established in children when they are very young, stays with them for life.
Comprehensive oral health programs for school children plays a major role in controlling the effect of tooth decay among children. Also, school-based programs play a significant role in educating children with healthy eating and oral hygiene habits.
MOH Kuwait introduced School Oral Health Program during 1982-83 to control the burden of oral health diseases among school-aged children.

Learning Objectives:

  1. School-based oral health programs
  2. Program evaluation
  3. Oral health prevention
  4. Oral health education
  5. Sustainability

Speaker :


Dr. Aishah A.M.Y. Alsumait

Oral Health Superintendent
Ministry of Health – Kuwait


Dr. Aishah Alsumait obtained her Bachelor of Dental Medicine (BDS) degree from Cairo University in 1999. She then completed a Master of Science in Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry, Boston University in 2005. Dr. Alsumait earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences – Dentistry from University of Alberta, Canada in 2016. She is a Diplomate of American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH).

Dr. Alsumait research interests include Oral health related quality of life, caries detection and diagnosis, innovative methods for caries prevention and management, and community-based preventive, planning and evaluation of dental public health programs, interventions, and health system reform.

Dr. Aishah Alsumait is a secondment lecturer in Kuwait University, Faculty of Dentistry. Currently she works as Dental Public health scholar in Kuwait School Oral Health Program and member of Kuwait health reform team.

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